Founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1982, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) is committed to the development of innovative theatre by supporting theatre artists at all stages of their careers, providing an environment where work can be created free from the artistic compromise and forbidding financial demands often associated with commercial ventures.
Productions, Exhibits of Artist Work/Residencies, Fellowships
Script Submissions: New York Theatre Workshop is driven by a desire to build and sustain relationships with artists. The artistic staff is in regular communication with our Usual Suspects and those with whom we have long-standing relationships. We accept agent submissions and regularly attend readings, festivals and productions at local, national and international venues. Our developmental and production opportunities are programmed through these channels.
If your work is unable to come to us through one of these avenues, NYTW will accept submissions, including solo pieces, musicals, full-length and one-act plays, to familiarize ourselves with your work. We recommend that you peruse our history and production archives to get a better understanding of the kind of material we develop and produce. Unless otherwise discussed with a member of the NYTW artistic staff, your submission will only be reviewed if it includes all of the following components:
– Cover letter articulating how your piece speaks to NYTW’s mission and body of work
– Ten-page dialogue sample
– Two letters of recommendation
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we can only respond to the projects that we wish to pursue. Please be patient. Turnaround time for material sent to our office is approximately six months. We need this time to give every submission ample review. We read every submission, and after reading a synopsis/sample, we may ask to see the entire script.
FULL SCRIPTS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED UNLESS REQUESTED. We only accept email submissions addressed to Literary@NYTW.org. In the subject heading please type: “Synopsis Submission.”
Usual Suspects: At the heart of NYTW’s workshop activities are the Usual Suspects, a community of over 500 affiliated theatre artists comprised of actors, playwrights, dramaturgs, designers and directors. Individuals are invited to become Usual Suspects by NYTW’s artistic leadership. NYTW strives to support and encourage these artists by providing opportunities for the creation of new work, allowing for the members to commune with and learn from each other, and creating space for them to grow both personally and artistically. This community of artists who have established relationships with NYTW are eligible to participate in a range of programs for developing, sharing, and workshopping new plays.
2050 Artistic Fellowship
NYTW will accept up to six playwright or director 2050 Artistic Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June.
NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
- Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
- Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
- Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
- An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
- A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship
- 2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, attend performances, research and travel. At present, 2050 Fellows are awarded a $3,000 stipend and a $1,500 artistic development fund to use in consultation with the Artistic staff.
The 2050 Artistic Fellowship is an open application process. To apply to the 2050 Artistic Fellowship, artists are asked to submit the following by October 15th at 5pm:
- A completed online form, available here, that includes contact/personal information.
- In a Single PDF to be uploaded into the form with your name as the subject: In a total of 750 words or less, please respond to the following questions: What kind of work are you interested in making? Why? What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically appeals to you as an artist?
If you have any questions beyond the FAQs, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a sister program to its Artistic Fellowships, NYTW launched the 2050 Administrative Fellowships which seeks to address barriers that may prevent talented individuals from pursuing careers in the theatre. NYTW seeks enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration. They encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. NYTW will accept up to twelve 2050 Administrative Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a year-long commitment from July to June. As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:
- Commit to a part-time fellowship (30 hrs/week, Monday-Friday) in one of the NYTW departments including Artistic Programming, Casting, Community Engagement, Development, Education, Executive, Finance & Operations, Literary, Marketing, Producing and Production Management.
- Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.
- Attend a three-day intensive seminar where you will be introduced to the field of arts administration, meet industry professionals, and begin to develop your fellowship goals and plans.
- Take on significant responsibilities in your department, including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects.
- Participate in monthly seminar meetings to discuss your work, share ideas and receive specialized career-development training.
- Participate in brown bag lunches with members of the NYTW staff and invited guests and attend industry networking and social events.
- Present your work and experiences to staff and members of the NYTW extended community at an end-of-the-season fellows’ symposium.
At present, Fellows are paid NYC minimum wage. Additional information is available on the NYTW website.
Employment: For certain positions, NYTW keeps resumes on file.
- If you are a director, you may submit a cover letter, current resume and references to Linda Chapman at LindaC@nytw.org
- If you are an actor, you may submit a headshot and resume to Casting@nytw.org.
- If you are a playwright, please see our submission guidelines.
- If you are looking for Production Positions (union and non-union stage managers and assistant stage managers, production assistants, sound, video, carpentry, electrics and wardrobe), you may submit a cover letter, current resume and references to Chip Rodgers at email@example.com.
NYTW Master Classes offer training opportunities for both professional artists and the public. These classes provide the opportunity to gain insight into the process of creating high-caliber work in a thriving Off-Broadway theatre.
SAMPLE – FALL 2018 CLASS: PLAYWRITING 102: For Beginning & Intermediate Writers
Facilitated by Kate Moira Ryan Mondays, 6:30-9:30PM, October 15th – December 10th, 2018 (8 sessions) Have an idea for a play? Need a supportive environment to share your work? Our 8-week course will give you the tools and the time to turn your ideas into a full script. Students will work according to a curriculum that includes instruction on the common practices and modes of play construction. As a collective, participants will read and discuss their pages in class weekly. Whether you are looking at finishing a first draft of a play or improving your writing process, this workshop will provide you with positive support through examining techniques and tools. We’ll look at themes, structure and character in an environment that brings out and focuses your creativity. Tuition: $385 for Premiere Members and Repeat Defenders | $400 for Members, SmartPass Holders or Mind the Gap Alumni | $450 for Non-Members
AfterWords – NYTW’s popular post-performance discussion series is designed to enhance an audiences’ relationship to the work seen on the NYTW stage. Discussions feature members of the cast, creative team, panelists and scholars in conversation with an NYTW staff member to explore the plays’ aesthetic, historical and/or political context. Archived recordings of select discussions are available on The Brief.
The Brief is a multimedia dramaturgical and educational resource for further exploration of the artistry, themes, history, and questions raised by NYTW’s productions. Articles about the show, the creative and production team, actors, and suggested lesson plans for educators are uploaded onto The Brief throughout the entire run of the show. The Brief offers an opportunity to delve deeper into the play’s content, listen in on the public conversations you missed, and learn more about our artists’ visions.
Casebook allows audiences unprecedented access to the artists involved in the creation of a new work from rehearsal to production. Each year, New York Theatre Workshop designates one of its productions as a case study and hosts a class designed to provide theatre lovers of all experience levels with a true insider’s view of the life of a theatre artist and the process of realizing a full professional production. Typically Casebook runs for 9 weeks, one weekday evening per week. Registration is open: fees run from $300-$400, and a limited number of spaces are available to students at $125. Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to Space and Resources
Next Door at NYTW: New York Theatre Workshop is proud to announce the second season of Next Door at NYTW in the Fourth Street Theatre, our 65-seat black box space. Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone. Proposals for the Next Door series are solicited by invitation from NYTW artistic staff. If you would like your work to be considered for the series, please invite the artistic staff at NYTW to see and get to know your work. Invitations may be sent to NextDoor@nytw.org
Rentals: NYTW offers two theatres and a rehearsal studio for rental. For more information on rental bookings, email email@example.com.
- Theatre 79 has 199 fixed seats, is wheelchair accessible. Rates are available upon request.
- Fourth Street Theatre seats 65 max., is not wheelchair accessible. Rates available upon request.
- Rehearsal studio is available for rehearsals, readings, and non-performance rentals. It seats 50, and is a 3rd floor walk up, not wheelchair accessible. Commercial rates are $2,500/wk, non-profits rates are $2,000/wk. NYTW provides wifi, fifty chairs, and five tables.
Scenic and Costume Shop: New York Theatre Workshop’s LEED Gold Certified Scenic and Costume shop opened in 2011. In addition to building scenery for NYTW productions, the scenic shop handles set pieces for special events, unique prop creation and specialty construction jobs. The shop is equipped with state-of-the-art tools including carpentry, welding and painting equipment. Quotes for projects can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NYTW costume shop is equipped with industrial and domestic sewing machines and is available for rental including a private office, fitting room and rack space. Shop services include alterations, construction, draping, drafting, dyeing, stitching and hand-crafts. Staffing is available for a fee, but outside staffing is welcome. A moderate stock of costume pieces is available at affordable rates. Quotes for projects can be obtained by contacting Jeffrey Wallach at Costumes@nytw.org.
Special Programs for Youth
In partnership with New York Public School, New York Theatre Workshop supports middle and high school students’ academic and creative development by critically engaging them in the artistic process surrounding their productions. Learning Workshops strive to introduce theatre across the curriculum, increase students literacy and critical thinking skills through theatre, increase cultural participation among young people, and create a sense of community. School partners include Dreamyard Prepatory School, Fordham High School for the Arts, Gramercy Arts High School, High School for Telecommunication Arts and Technology, and Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. For more information or if you would like for NYTW to attend your school, email mail Alexander Santiago-Jirau, director of education, at AlexanderS@nytw.org.
Special Programs for Seniors
NYTW offers Mind the Gap which is a free workshop in which half of the participants are elders ages 60 and up and half are teenagers ages 14-19. Over the course of ten sessions, participants work in pairs to interview each other and write plays inspired by their partner’s personal stories. Each workshop culminates with an invited presentation in which participants’ work is read aloud by professional actors. NYTW holds sessions of Mind the Gap in the Summer (July-August) and Fall (October-December). Participation in Mind the Gap programs is open by application. If you work with elders or teens and are interested in learning more about recruitment or becoming a Mind the Gap community-based partner, please contact Alexander Santiago-Jirau, director of education, at AlexanderS@nytw.org.
Free or Discounted Admissions
At the first two performances of every NYTW production, all single tickets will be available to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online, by phone or in-person at the NYTW Box Office. Standard ticketing fees apply.
Additionally, a $25 CheapTix Rush for day-of tickets will be available for young people, seniors, artists and East Village and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only at the box office, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets.